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MSNBC
Jan 14, 2013 6:00am PST
hagel's defense in the democratic senate caucus praised hagel's able ility the quote sp truth to power and also talked about hagel's service in vietnam. >> he's been a combat soldier. he's fought. literally walked in their boots. that i think will inspire great confidence in the military offices and enlisted men. >> but republican senator bob corker of tennessee who is not usually one of these knee jerk votes against the white house, particularly on appointments, raised a new issue about hagel on sunday. >> i think another thing, george, that's going to come up is just his overall temperment and is he suited to run a department or a big agency or a big entity like the pentagon. i think there are numbers of staffers who are coming forth now just talking about the way he has dealt with them. >> senator john mccain, the ranking member of the armed services committee, which will conduct hagel's confirmation hearing, continue to criticize his former close ally say they'll quiz him over america's view of the world. >> the surge was the worst blunder since the vietnam war. that clearly is not, th
MSNBC
Jan 17, 2013 6:00am PST
talking about the importance that a commander in chief trusts his secretary of defense, trusts his commanders. did you sense there was a deficit of trust between, say, you and the president early on? in afghanistan? >> if you think of any complex endeavor that you're a part of, and you're going to do it with a team of people, if you don't trust them at the outset, you're going to have to develop trust very quickly. >> and he never chose you in this case. do you think that's the issue? >> i think he was involved. i was chosen by secretary gates, and clearly approved by the president. so i wases his commander. i replaced general mckiran in june of 2010. i think, though, there are a number of things. i think people underestimate the difference between the cultures of the civilian culture and military culture. it's not an opposition. they are just different. so they use different words, different backgrounds. they have a different understanding sometimes of history. plus a new administration comes in, any new administration, doesn't matter which party. and they've got to form a team an
MSNBC
Jan 16, 2013 6:00am PST
defense cuts. lindsey graham's even saying, it's better than nothing. what do you say? do you think sequestration has to be avoided at all cost, or could it go into effect, forcing some sort of spending cuts and fiscal discipline? >> well, i think we can and we should continue to both reduce expenditures and add revenues in a balanced approach to debt reduction that should take several years. it took several years from 2000, where we had a surplus under president clinton to get to a deficit under president bush. so it will take some time. but i think sequestration is a blunt instrument. it doesn't allow the cabinet secretaries, not just the secretary of defense, but the secretary of every other agency, to make judicious judgments about which programs are higher priority. and we in the congress should be able to make those judgments ourselves, working with the administration. so i don't think it's the right instrument. i think the goal is appropriate, which is to reduce the deficit, do it in a balanced way, and recognize that there are some things that you can do up-front, quickly. t
MSNBC
Jan 15, 2013 6:00am PST
enough. >> harold? >> jowhat did you learn? >> i learned president is very defensive about his party-going and giving. i don't think it is just the president. it is the republicans and it is the rest of the country. >> it is. >> there's a likable guy. very likable guy when you talk to him. you know, i learned that -- he -- his girls, as girls, do, they don't want to hang out with him as much. that may be good for negotiations. what did you learn? >> i learned the show was great today. thank you very much. >> am i interrupting less? >> you are slurpting less but i wouldn't let it get into your head. everything you do makes this show happen. and you know, just -- once in a while, we have a bad day. don't let pathetic people want to criticize you and get in your head because the show -- is all about you. >> month, it is not. >> and i run it. >> she does run it. that's true. >> seriously. who runs the show? >> mika. >> who runs the show? seriously. >> she just walked off camera. >> she runs the show. >> many other -- >> what do you call her? >> people that don't know how the show runs --
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